For reference, enclosed is the BCBA 2021 Wisconsin Honey Bee supplier guide. Please be sure to contact suppliers for updated information on their bees. Most suppliers will have a designated pick-up date/time that is yet TBD, and could be complicated due to COVID. This list is for reference only and not a recommendation.
If you know of local Wisconsin suppliers NOT on this list, please contact anyone on the BCBA leadership team and we will add them (THANK YOU).
The Brown County Beekeeping Association is happy to present INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING again this year.Learn the essentials of beginning beekeeping !! As with all things COVID, the 2021 class will be a different than previous years. There are two virtual classes (2 hours each) and one in-person, at-the-hive two hour class.
When: January 9th, 2021 — 9:00am to 11:00pm (virtual via Zoom)
February 13th, 2021 — 9:00am to 11:00am (virtual via Zoom)
and May 29th, 2021 (at the hive, location TBD) Online Registration: Click here How Much: $40 for an individual, $30 for additional family members What: An understanding of:Continue reading →
At the September club meeting, which was held both in person (socially distanced) and virtually, Richard Schneider from Capital Bee Supply was our remote guest speaker. He did an excellent job presenting the steps beekeepers can take to get ready for our Wisconsin winters. Capital Bee Supply is a Wisconsin based company out of Columbus, WI. The YouTube presentation is presented below. It is 57 minutes in length.
If you would like to see these presentations live or in person you should consider joining the club.
A club member sent us pictures of his hives encounter with a bear. He found frames in various places around yard. He was able to put the hive back together and hopes the queen made it. Here is his quote: “Had to hunt down a few pieces in the brush. Found the spot where the bear laid down to suck up his spoils. Probably at least ¾ of the honey is still there, just some grass and dead bugs on it. Which means he’ll likely be back for more. I’m hoping the bees gave him enough incentive to stay away, which is probably why he didn’t destroy everything in sight.”
The officers of the club have received several questions from new beekeepers about removal of entrance reducers. They put the entrance reducers on when they installed their new bees, as they were instructed. Now they want to know when to remove them. Click here from more information.